Sometimes, I think Mark Twain is overrated, but the man sure did have some good quotes. Like this one.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable view of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."I really struggled to come up with a topic for the letter X. There aren't a lot of them to pick from and, to be honest, I don't know what most of them mean. Like xenogamy and xylan. If I had to guess, I would think xenogamy is used to describe the practice of marrying xerox machines. Makes sense doesn't it. you know like monogamy and polygamy. Xylan of course refers to one of those alien robot creatures that Dr Who is always having to do battle with.*
But because I don't know much about xerox machines and I think you might not appreciate it if I get all Dr Who geeky on you, I decided to go with xenophobia as my X word instead. And that's where Mark Twain's quote comes in. People who are xenophobic have an irrational fear or hatred of strange and foreign people. Travel is one of the best ways to counteract xenophobia that I know of. Because when you travel, you learn to appreciate all of the differences between us, but you also learn to appreciate all the ways that we're the same.
In the spirit of Mark Twain, I thought I would share a few photos from our travels over the years and how they can remind us that that despite our differences, we share so much in common.
Everybody has to eat. The food we eat may be different - and that's part of the fun of traveling, trying new cuisines - but, often you'll find we eat the similar things the world over, like yogurt.
What have you learned to appreciate and understand better during your travels?
*Note: I just looked at a dictionary. Turns out I was wrong. Xenogamy refers to the transfer of pollen grains between plants and xylan is a fluropolomer-based industrial coating. Dictionaries are boring.
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